The former vice president in a goodwill message described the nobel laureate as an “institution of literary excellence and conscientious activism.”
He shared this message on through his official Instagram page.
The message read: “Happy 85th birthday Professor Oluwole Soyinka. I would have used the word icon to describe you, but you are beyond that. You are an institution. An institution of literary excellence and conscientious activism. A national treasure, you are Nigeria’s pride and a beacon to Africa.
In wishing you many more years of life, I celebrate the fact that, like wine, you are getting better with age. We have a lot to thank you for. From putting us on the Nobel map to getting FRSC up & running, and expanding the minds of our youth. We can never thank you enough. -AA.”
In another news, President Muhammadu Buhari also saluted Prof Soyinka for his intellectual momentum, interventions on state issues and polity through articles and comments, penchant for justice, and persistence in holding leaders to account.